Here’s something I’ve never seen…a chicken’s egg laid in weather so hot, it became hard boiled.
That gives you an idea of the extreme heat we’ve had this year. Not non-stop heat, thankfully, but enough to make me glad to see the return of cooler temperatures.
The garden hasn’t seemed to mind the heat too much – nor have the critters that populate it. Here you see three in one photo – a ladybug larva (black and orange), aphids (yellow), and a monarch caterpillar.
Hopefully, the ladybug larva got busy and ate all those aphids!
Other visitors to the garden – monarch butterflies.
These are frequent visitors. On warm days, they stop by at about three o’clock. The one on the right is very ragged, but still manages to fly surprisingly well.
Here’s another frequent visitor to the garden this year – a Carpenter Bee.
We have quite a few of these. They’re very large. I think they’re actually starting to nest in the porch eaves, which is not good. But, maybe we can encourage them to go elsewhere in the future by putting up a bee box. I most often see these bees on my butterfly bush.
Other visitors to the butterfly bush:
A Spicebush Swallowtail…
…and a Black Swallowtail.
I was thrilled to see both of these butterflies! They aren’t common in our yard. I made note of what they like to eat, though, and hope to plant things next year that will encourage more of their kind to visit.
Other visitors to the butterfly bush…
A Great Spangled Fritillary
and a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth.
The butterfly bush is getting to be a popular place!
Nearby, on the Verbena, I spotted this Peck’s Skipper.
The Skippers may not be as dramatic as the other butterflies, but they are cheerful little flyers, and I’m always happy to see them.
Looking lower, I found a Yellow Woolly Bear. I didn’t know they came in “yellow” (more of a cream, really, in this one’s case), did you?
Add, finally, we’re seeing a host of dragonflies – mostly in the backyard. This one was on the peach tree.
Here’s hoping you’re seeing plenty of pollinators in your yard, as well. From the dining room table, hoping to squeeze in some knitting before bed tonight (I’m working on a sweater),